Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)

History has shown us the importance of continuity planning for both the private and public sectors. In an effort to support New York State's continuity preparedness, the State Office of Emergency Management has developed a series of Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) planning tools, intended to assist the planning teams throughout the development of their COOP. Applicable to all levels of State, county/local and tribal territories, each document is structured in a manner that could be used independently or in conjunction with one another.

COOP Planning Tools

  • New York State's Continuity of Operations Planning Guide and Outline: The guide is intended to serve as the framework and starting point for your Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). It can can be used in tandem with the New York State's Continuity of Operations Resource Guidance, or as a stand-alone document. Throughout this outline, you will find recommendations and prompts that will assist you with the development of your plan in an easy to follow format and layout.
  • New York State's Continuity of Operations Resource Guide: The resource guide is designed to educate readers on Continuity of Operations Planning. This guide is a blend of several best practices from noteworthy continuity methodologies, structured in a manner that will guide the reader through the planning process with the use of "Readers Tips" and "Sample Text."
  • COOP Evaluation Checklist: This checklist can be used in conjunction with either of the above referenced guides. This checklist can be considered a final step in the creation of your COOP or a resource to evaluate the content of your current COOP. After this checklist is complete, your plan will be ready for testing and exercising.
  • Continuity of Operations Planning Workshop: This one-day workshop follows the concept of the NYS Continuity of Operations Resource Guide and the NYS Continuity of Operations Planning Guide and Outline. Intended to educate the participants through instruction and classroom discussion, the participants will be exposed to a variety of COOP methodologies and best practices from both the private and the public sector. Planning staff are available to deliver this workshop to further instill the concepts and principles of continuity planning.
    Please contact the Planning Section at phone number (518) 292-2302 if you are interested in scheduling the COOP Planning Workshop.